A prime mover on New York’s downtown no wave scene in the early ‘80s, Tomás Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with genre-busting groups such as James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt and J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz. His musical talent brought him to Japan, where he toured and recorded with jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi and produced studio and songwriting sessions with Yoko Ono, Boosty Collins, The Itals and Prince Charles Alezander.
Since then, Tomás Doncker has collaborated with prominent artists on a multitude of creative projects and continues to tour both internationally and nationally. In 2008, he released the album The Mercy Suite with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, a song cycle of love, relationships and war. Doncker has theater credits in his Power of the Trinity project, a meditation on the legacy of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie performed at SummerStage NYC 2012. The production was directed by Harlem School of The Arts artistic director Alfred Preisser and featured legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell and prominent Ethiopian musicians Gigi, Mahmoud Ahmed and Selam Woldemariam. Doncker headlined the Shanghai Folk Festival for an audience of over 100,000 as part of Expo 2010 Shanghai China.
The Blue Method (Opening Act)
More than your average funk band, The Blue Method mix blues with funk, rock, jazz, hip-hop and experimental improv influences to create their one genre: power soul. Hailing from Philadelphia, the band—Brian Williams (lead vocals, trumpet, trombone), Tom Long (saxophone, rhythm guitar, backup vocals), Mike Patriarca (lead guitar) and Rah M. Sungee (bass, backup vocals)—combine deep, thumping grooves with soulful voice to make you want to get up and dance.